Q & A

GAO Urges More Comprehensive REAC Changes

July 15, 2021    

Recommendations include processes to address lead paint hazards.


On July 6, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) updated its April 2020 list of priority recommendations for HUD. The earlier list outlined 17 “priority open” recommendations—those...

GAO Reports on Adopting Stricter Lead Testing in Voucher Program

June 10, 2021    

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report on a review the office made on HUD’s efforts to address lead paint hazards. HUD has primary responsibility for identifying lead paint hazards in housing receiving HUD assistance, including private rental units in the...

HUD Secretary Testifies on Importance of the American Jobs Plan

June 10, 2021    

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently testified in a joint hearing on the American Jobs Plan for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The infrastructure plan seeks to expand affordable housing, and the joint hearing...

HUD and HHS to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations

May 11, 2021    

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra recently announced a joint-agency effort to increase access to COVID-19 prevention and treatment services, including testing and vaccines, among disproportionately affected communities, including among...

Federal Judge Vacates CDC Eviction Moratorium

May 11, 2021    

The Justice Department is appealing the decision.


On May 5, 2021, a federal judge in the District of Columbia set aside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nationwide moratorium on residential evictions, which the CDC had recently extended beyond its...

American Jobs Plan Encompasses Affordable Housing Infrastructure

April 9, 2021    

On March 31, the White House released an outline of a $2 trillion plan to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, with a focus on stimulating the long-term recovery of the American economy, combating climate change, and addressing persistent racial injustice. The framework, called the American Jobs Plan,...

Texas Federal Judge Rules Eviction Moratorium Is Unconstitutional

March 11, 2021    

So why is the moratorium still in effect?


On Feb. 25, an Eastern District of Texas federal judge ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) national eviction moratorium is unconstitutional. The moratorium was implemented by the...

Research Supports a Flexible Emergency Rental Assistance Program

March 11, 2021    

A recent study sought to glean lessons from the state and local rental assistance programs launched in 2020 before the emergency rental assistance programs funded by the coronavirus relief package signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, ramps up. The difficult task of administering these funds will...

Landlord Incentives in the HCV Program: Do They Work?

February 11, 2021    

HUD’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a report on a limited review conducted to determine the use of landlord incentives in the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program to increase landlord participation and retention in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The...

Nomination for HUD Secretary Advances to Full Senate

February 11, 2021    

The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee recently advanced the nomination of HUD Secretary-designate Marcia Fudge (D-OH) to the full Senate on a 17-7 bipartisan vote. If confirmed, Representative Fudge will be the first woman in 40 years, and the second Black woman, ever to lead...

Vaccine Delivery at Assisted Housing Sites

January 14, 2021    

Q Can sites coordinate with local health departments to provide on-site COVID-19 vaccines?

Pandemic Adjustments for MORs

January 14, 2021    

Q With rising COVID-19 cases in my area, must unit inspections during on-site Management and Occupancy Reviews (MORs) still occur?

A The Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance...